John W. MacIntosh
John Wilson MacIntosh, a resident of the Williamsburg area for the past 52 years, passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on April 17, 2007. He was 82.
John was born in Riceville on April 29, 1924 to his parents Dr. Hampden and Annie MacIntosh (nee Wilson). He attended public school in Riceville along with his sister Jean, and then received his secondary school education at Vankleek Hill Collegiate.
On April 27, 1942 he enlisted in a division of the Canadian Armoured Corps. He served approximately three and half years, then entered McGill University on Oct. 5, 1945 in the school of civil engineering. After graduating from McGill, he worked for four years for both the army and on his own before accepting a job as an engineer’s assistant with the ministry of transportation. Later, as he gained experience, he was promoted to project engineer, and he worked on projects throughout Eastern Ontario.
On Aug. 21, 1948 he married Olive Clemens at Riceville, and together they raised three children: Bruce, Marilyn, and Kevin. Initially the family lived in Riceville, and then moved to Williamsburg in 1955.
On June 1, 1956 he began working with the St. Lawrence Parks Commissionas assistant to the commission engineer. He was hired specifically to build the Long Sault Parkway. On July 4, 1958 John was placed in charge of all construction projects for the St. Lawrence Parks Commission which included 10 picnic areas and 21 campgrounds between the Quebec border and Adolphustown. Finally in 1972 he was appointed manager of parks as well as commission engineer and he remained in this capacity until his retirement on Dec. 31, 1983 at the age of 59.
He was actively involved in the community as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #538 for over 50 years, a member of the Plantaganet Lodge #186 for over 50 years, a member of Murray Chapter of Rose Croix, Ottawa Lodge of Perfection-32nd Degree, and the Shriners Karnac Temple of SD&G. In addition to his involvement in these organizations, John was a faithful member of the Williamsburg United Church, and he found time to be a volunteer driver taking local residents on over 250 medical and shopping trips. He also served as a member of the board of directors of the Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing Corporation for 16 years. His contributions to this organization were recognized on June 29, 2006 when the Park Lane Senior Support Centre was re-named the J.W. MacIntosh Senior Support Centre in recognition of the outstanding contribution that John made to this organization as a board member.
He will be fondly remembered by his family and friends for his love of dogs, his modesty, his love of new cars, his kind and generous disposition, and his attention to detail. John gave his best effort to every task he performed and he expected the same from others. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and he will be sadly missed by all those who were fortunate to have known him. He was a true gentleman.
John is survived by his wife of 59 years Olive Clemens, his children Bruce (Betty) of Williamsburg, Marilyn (Jim) Adams of RR# 1 Iroquois, Kevin (Catrina) of Ottawa, and his grandchildren Kylie, Katherine, and Dan Adams, and Kaitlan, Taylor, and Bailey MacIntosh. He was predeceased by his parents Dr. Hampden and Annie MacIntosh (nee Wilson), and his sister Jean Wilson. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on April 19. A Masonic memorial service was held on April 19. The funeral service was held at Williamsburg United Church on April 20 with Rev. Isabel Black officiating followed by cremation. Interment of cremated remains will be at New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg.
The pallbearers were John’s grandchildren Kylie Adams, Katherine Adams, Dan Adams, Kaitlan MacIntosh, Taylor MacIntosh, and Bailey MacIntosh. The honourary pallbearers were Don Morrell, Johnny Whitteker, Doug Casselman, Bill Smith, Gerry Mullins, Trevor Tolley, and David Lapier.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be appreciated by the family.